We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Colonies At The Cove - CLOSED

Colonies At The Cove
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Contemporary, Australian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Level Contributor
79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014 via mobile

After a long day travelling and little to eat for the day we were looking for a good meal. This place did the trick. My husband had the garlic prawns - he is a fussy eater and said they were the best he had eaten. Two others had tomato soup which also great. Entrees were followed by a steak, mussels and chicken scallopine all were excellent. The menu is a little small but we all found food we liked. A must do when in Palm Cove.

Helpful?
Thank 121magic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

223 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    147
    50
    12
    5
    9
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
“Fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

A great menu that didn't disappoint. Simply food, done really really well. Would highly recommend it!

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank AussieTP
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Adelaide, Australia
Level Contributor
121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Pricey but enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Big weekend in Palm Cove & decided we had best try Colonies as well, ordered the Seafood Platter which at $90 we hoped was going to be damn good. It was enjoyable however perhaps not worth $90 & maybe $70 would have been fairer when compared to other meals over the weekend. Good selection on offer however was left wanting more & cant say I walked out full.
Service was very good & attentive, will perhaps try something different next time & see if we can have a 5/5 experience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank TravellingScorp
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Townsville, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Your tastebuds travel the world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

On a short trip back to Cairns after moving away for work, my Partner and I decided to head to Colonies in Palm Cove. It was our favourite in Cairns after having lived there for 10 years. We were delighted to see a new page to the menu; International Street Food. A collection of the Chef's favourite recipes after traveling through Morocco, Thailand, Japan, Italy, Turkey, Chile and Brazil, just to name a few. The Chef applies his own unique style to these traditional dishes and brings them to you on a small tasting plate for a small price! We started with Thai Style fishcakes and house-marinated olives and from there, created our own international degustation, sampling as much as we could!

While the plates are small, you really see the time that goes into making each plate a visual treat! Roses and butterflies (including the fine antennae!) hand carved from carrots really gave the impression that the kitchen is over-flowing with passion for food.

To top it all off, the wait-staff were amazing, even during the school holiday madness they made our service seem effortless and took every measure to ensure we had the most enjoyable night we could.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank GilesB2407
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sydney
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic food and hosts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

We loved this restaurant - both on our visit to Palm Cove in April 2014 and 2013! It is definitely our favourite restaurant in Palm Cove - we ate there 3 times this holidays.
The food is delicious - and after the creamy dishes, don't have that squamish feeling like in a lot of places - with perfect serving sizes. They also catered very kindly to our 2-year old, both in food options (altering the children's meal to grilled fish and mashed potato for her picky tastes!!), seating us appropriately, paying her little attentions and also offering to package her un-eaten portion for us to give her the following night - saved cooking!
Be sure to ask for the special pasta (not on the menu) - Balmain bugs and prawns. Highly recommended!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank birdling
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Colonies At The Cove also viewed

Palm Cove, Cairns Region
 
Palm Cove, Cairns Region
Palm Cove, Cairns Region
 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing